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Families of fallen officers could continue to receive health insurance

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — While serving as a conservation officer for 30 years, Sen. Michael Crider saw friends die in the line of duty and immediately wondered what would happen to their families. “Early in my career, a DNR officer died in a plane crash at 27,” Crider said to the Interim Study […]

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Dept. of Insurance calls on parents to check on policies for college students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — College students around the state are packing up and heading to campuses and the Indiana Department of Insurance is urging Hoosier parents to check for possible needed changes to insurance policies. “Parents should check their homeowner policy to ensure their college-bound children’s possessions are covered when they make the move […]

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Health insurance plan runs out of money for new enrollees

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Indiana has stopped accepting new applications for the Healthy Indiana Plan because funding from the state’s tobacco tax can’t support more people. When HIP was renewed last year, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services permitted Indiana to adjust eligibility during the year if funding was not able to […]

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30 Laws: Abortions not covered by insurance under new law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill prohibiting insurance policies and health maintenance organization contracts from providing coverage for abortions will go into effect July 1. House Bill 1123, authored by Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Lizton, prohibits insurance companies from covering abortions, unless there is a specific circumstance, such as cases of rape, incest or […]

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Uninsured Hoosiers to benefit from proposed expansion to Healthy Indiana Plan

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Uninsured Hoosiers could be in line for medical coverage under a proposal to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan as an alternative to Medicaid Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday. The expanded program, named HIP 2.0, would offer Hoosiers three plans to choose from – HIP Link, HIP Plus and HIP […]

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Abortion coverage bill passes House

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would prohibit insurance companies from providing abortion coverage, except in specified circumstances, passed in the House of Representatives 79-14 Monday. House Bill 1123 would force customers who want the coverage to pay for it separately as an add-on through a rider or endorsement. The ban would […]

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State may stop low-income HIP enrollments next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana officials said Friday that they might be forced to close enrollment next year for the state’s innovative health insurance program for low-income adults because federal authorities haven’t approved funding for the plan beyond 2013. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not tell the state it […]

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Feds say no to state’s health insurance waiver

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have dealt a blow to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ efforts to push more Hoosiers toward high-deductible, consumer-driven insurance plans that he says will reduce health care costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified the state Sunday that it will not waive a provision […]